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September 28, 2017
The Cross in Fashion
Christianity is reportedly in decline in the West, especially among trendy millennials. And yet, the...
September 27, 2017
Going to Hell
The threat of eternal punishment--going to Hell--used to be a staple of Christian teaching. But...
September 26, 2017
Conservatives formally accuse Pope of heresy–including Lutheranism!
Sixty-two conservative Catholic theologians, priests, and academics have served Pope Francis with a formal document...
September 25, 2017
Wittenberg’s Reformation of Science
Martin Luther was not the only faculty member of the University of Wittenberg to spark...
September 22, 2017
The Prosperity Gospel vs. the Theology of the Cross
Lutheran theology is pretty much the opposite of the Prosperity Gospel.
September 19, 2017
The landscape of contemporary Christianity now includes groups of Christians who get together in each...
September 18, 2017
A Reformation best-seller to read and give away
Luther's Small Catechism is a marvel of clarity, depth, and spiritual insight. Used for centuries to...
September 15, 2017
A Unified Protestant Confession?
The Reformation, whose 500th anniversary is next month, had as its purpose the reformation of...
September 14, 2017
Tetzel on 7 Years in Purgatory for Every Sin
I came across a sermon from Johann Tetzel, the indulgence peddler who provoked Luther's 95...
September 13, 2017
The Natural Virtues, the Theological Virtues, & the Commandments
In thinking about "virtue ethics" and the Christian life, it is important not to...
September 12, 2017
The Problem Isn’t “Too Much Gospel”
Some churches that seem to go easy on moral issues are accused of preaching "too...
September 11, 2017
Virtue Ethics and the Christian Life
Given that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone,...
September 06, 2017
Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics on Salvation
Over half of American Protestants (52%) believe that salvation--that is to say, getting into Heaven--requires...
September 04, 2017
Vocation quotes from Luther for Labor Day
Labor Day is a good day for Christians to celebrate Vocation. That is, the teaching...
September 01, 2017
St. Augustine, et al., on the Inerrancy of Scripture
Critics of the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture often portray it as a novel...
September 01, 2017
My Book on Luther is Back
About 12 years ago, I wrote a little book on Martin Luther. I was asked...
August 31, 2017
The Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality
Is this a "catholic" document, in the sense that all conservative Christians can sign it,...
August 30, 2017
Artificial Intelligence and Religion
Technology experts such as Elon Musk and scientists of the caliber of Stephen Hawkings are...
August 22, 2017
Today’s Iconoclastic Outbreak
Periodically in history, people get caught up in a cause that finds expression in destroying...
August 18, 2017
A modernist, a postmodernist, and a Lutheran walk into a bar. . .
We're in Australia, where I've been doing quite a bit of speaking. I just gave...
August 17, 2017
Virtue Signaling as Self-justification
We have a need to "justify" ourselves, to show that we are right, that we...
August 16, 2017
Most Americans Admit They Are Sinners
Only one in ten Americans (10%) believe that sin doesn't exist. That is slightly more...
August 15, 2017
The zeal of converts
Many of the critics of Pope Francis in his more liberal positions are converts to...
August 14, 2017
Why Lutheranism appeals to Russians
Vladimir Putin continues to crackdown on religions that are "non-traditional" to Russia, persecuting people because of their...
August 11, 2017
What Constitutes “Heresy” and “Orthodoxy”?
Does acceptance of same-sex marriage on the part of a Christian constitute "heresy"? It may...
August 10, 2017
Purists vs. Pragmatists
Christian political activists agonized over the last presidential election: Some asked, "How can we support...
August 07, 2017
Vatican Condemns U.S. Catholic Conservatives
An official Vatican publication has condemned Catholic conservatives in America for participating with evangelicals in...
August 04, 2017
The new “prophets” and “apostles”
There is a new movement in contemporary Christianity, known as the "New Apostolic Reformation" or...
August 02, 2017
Gluten-free Communion bread?
What do you think? Should churches accommodate people with health concerns in the case of...
July 28, 2017
Not “Nones” But “Nons”: The Non-denominational Movement
Today one out of six Americans are non-denominational. Only 30% of Americans belong to a...
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